Here is my 1981 J-spec Miyata 1000.

The Miyata 1000 is considered to be one of the finest touring bikes ever built and I can see nothing to disprove that statement. It's like being with an old friend - it feels comfortable, relaxing and you forget about time when you're with it. I tried to stay true to the original spirit of the bike while heeding the wise words of Grant Petersen, so most parts are vintage 1981 except for the tubes/tires, the front derailuer, the saddle, pedals, cables/housing, chain, cloth bar tape and any accessories. I spend probably close to 80 hours rebuilding everything from the frame up this winter in my small jr. one bedroom apartment (except for the bottom bracket and the headset, which I plan on rebuilding them at a later date). I also used quality greases that were made for specific purposes (such as rock n' roll's web grease for the hubs, the supercoat for the stems, Boeshield for the frame, prolube for the chain and beeswax for any threads). I have provided full specifications of the parts and the county in parenthesis denotes the county of origin. I took the photos using a Nikon D200 and a combination of a 28mm f/2.8 AIS lens and a 50mm f/1.8S AIS lens. Most of the scenes come from the Tidal Basin in Washington DC, during the first week of April 2007 - right when the sakura (cherry blossoms) were in bloom. Any feedback is appreicated.

- Toki Rocket

1981 Miyata 1000 handbuilt steel frame (Japan)
Miyata rear rack and water bottle holder (Japan)
Sakae 42mm radonneur handlebar 25.4 clamp size (Japan)
Nitto Technomic 25.4 Clamp, 225 mm quill, 9cm (Japan)
Dia-compe brake levers (Japan)
gum colored dia-compe brake hoods (Japan)
Velostar Black cloth bar tape (France)
Suntour ratcheting barend shifters (Japan)
Shimano under cable routers (Japan)
Hemp finishing twine (USA)
Incredibell (Japan)
Shimano black cable housing (Japan)
Shimano Dura ace cables (Japan)
Tange 1" threaded headset (Japan)
Shimano HG-91 chain (Japan)
Sunshine Gyromaster hubs and Suntour skewers (Japan)
Araya wide 27" rims (Japan)
Michelin inner tubes (France)
Velox rim tape (France)
Continental Duraskin+K 27" 1/4 tires (Germany)
MKS Touring Lite Pedals (Japan)
Sakae crank 52-46-34 (Japan)
Suntour cassette 14-28 (Japan)
Dia-compe front/rear brakes (Japan)
Shimano Deore XT rapid rise rear derailluer (Japan)
Suntour Cyclone II front derailluer (Japan)
Sakae 25.8mm seat post (Japan)
Brooks Professional Saddle, honey (England)
Nigel Smith & Sons rear loafer, blue (England)
Cateye Velo 2 cyclometer (Japan)
Pletscher Swiss Centermount Kickstand (Switzerland)
SKS 45 fenders (Germany)



Miyata 1000 - reflection panorama
Miyata 1000 - side view
Miyata 1000 - rear quarter view

Miyata 1000 - front quarter view


Miyata 1000 - Brooks saddle, Nigel Smythe bag and sakura blossoms

 Miyata 1000 - ground up view with cherry blossoms



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